Maybe Jim O'Brien is that stubborn, but it's just hard to believe that a coach with his future on the line would be so inflexible about playing young players if that's what management wants, that he wouldn't play Tyler Hansbrough or Paul George, and stop chastizing Roy Hibbert in public. Maybe O'Brien is that stubborn; that was the knock on him in Philly in what turned out to be a disastrous season. Another disaster was unfolding in Indiana this year after a promising start, which led to the Pacers firing O'Brien Sunday and naming assistant Frank Vogel as interim coach for the rest of the season. But someone who knows Bird well told me Sunday he thinks there's still a chance that Pacers owner Herb Simon says to Bird, and this is paraphrasing, "You tell me we're a playoff team. You tell me we have good players. So go back on the bench and show me."